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Private Firefighters Save Homes of Rich

By: Ben Preiss - Published: Oct 30, 2007 • References: bloomberg and latimes
If you thought that the wildfires that swept through Southern California destroyed the homes of the rich and middle class equally, you were wrong. It turns out that wealthy customers of insurer AIG who pay premiums of at least $10,000 a year and own homes with a value of at least $1 million get to have a private firefighting company come and spray their homes with Phos-Chek fire retardant foam. That's the same foam used by the U.S. Forest Service. Other rich and famous have automatic foam spraying systems that sense the fires approach.